“Creating and building a raft, float or flotilla with fun-loving friends, family or co-workers is not only a grand excuse to hang out and play on the river, it’s also a unique chance to have a blast while showcasing mind-blowing creativity in a friendly competition,” reads a release from Anything that Floats Parade organizers RiverLink.
Registration is now open for the community celebration, which takes place on Saturday, Aug. 8. Participants float Asheville’s stretch of the French Broad River during the event, while a hub of family-friendly activities takes place at French Broad River Park for RiverFest.
A panel of celebrity judges will award floats in four categories: most creative (clever and imaginative), green machine (best use of recycled and green materials), funniest (generates the most laughter) and judge’s choice (overall best in parade).
Official registration costs $20 per RiverLink member float and $40 per non-member float. Registration forms are available online here. Participants must launch from Hominy Creek Park at an assigned time to enter the contest.
Land-lovers can enjoy RiverFest — a sister event held in the French Broad River Park — on the same day, from 1-7 p.m. Programming includes live music, face painting, dance, hooping, food trucks, beer, a kids’ parade, and arts and crafts.
Here is the schedule of free RiverFest events from RiverLink:
13:15 Kids Parade/Jugglers
13:45 Chuck Lee and the Experience Music kids show
14:30 Claire Dima Bellydancers
15:00 Caro Mia
15:45 Asheville Aerial Arts
16:00 Ashley Heath music sensation
17:00 Announcements of raft race winners
17:10 Sun Cans music sensation
Visit riverlink.org for more information on these events.